In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)
I think I’ve got a handle on living most of this scripture. On a scale from 1-10, I give myself an 8 on loud cries and tears, a 5 on prayer and supplication, but a low 2 on reverent submission. Really? Reverent submission applies to me? 24 hours a day? Would semi-submission or half-humility work?
The idea of complete and humble submission to God feels both overwhelming and freeing. I feel overwhelmed that I have to let go, lose my false feeling of control and become vulnerable. At the same time, I imagine total humility would be a beautiful, freeing feeling. There’s no decision to make. Just follow Jesus’ example of total humility. So how can I start my journey for reverent submission? A small step for me would be to talk less and listen more. As it’s hard to prove my humility by with just loud cries and tears, I’m guessing God would agree too.
Heavenly Father – I know that my life is yours and I crave to offer you the humility and honor that you deserve. During this time of Lent when we look forward to the resurrection of your Son, help me to wash clean my faith, humility, and total faith in you. Amen.
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